New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington February 20, 2015

Southee, McCullum trample England


New Zealand 125 for 2 (McCullum 77) beat England 123 (Root 46, Southee 7-33) by eight wickets
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Holding: Absolutely no positives for England

Tim Southee produced one of the great displays of ODI bowling and Brendon McCullum hammered a World Cup record 18-ball fifty as New Zealand produced a display of scarcely believable dominance in Wellington. Southee's figures of 7 for 33 were the third best in a World Cup, the best for the country in all ODIs and only the third time a New Zealand bowler had taken a five-wicket haul in the tournament.

England subsided to 123 in 33.2 overs after deciding to bat first - their out-of-form captain Eoin Morgan limping to 17 off 41 balls - and lost their last seven wickets for 19 in eight overs as they had no answer to Southee and a suffocating fielding performance. "It's a bit of a blur at the moment," a rather shocked Southee said at the end of the innings which came so soon that New Zealand had time to bat, and almost win, before the interval.

As if to mock England, McCullum then surged to a record fifty - and the third-fastest in all ODIs - breaking his own mark, to complete one of the most embarrassing days of England's one-day history and one of New Zealand's most famous.

McCullum crunched seven sixes of varying ferocity; Stuart Broad was taken for 18 off his first over while Steven Finn was brutally dispatched for 49 off two that included four consecutive sixes. If he had not been bowled by a Chris Woakes full toss in the eighth over, New Zealand would have won before the break that came after nine overs; considerable boos rang around as the players trudged off. The formalities were completed 45 minutes later, fittingly with five wides, to equal England's heaviest defeat in terms of ball remaining - 226.

Sir Richard Hadlee and Shane Bond were the two New Zealand bowlers to bag five-wicket hauls in the World Cup before this. Southee produced a spell that would have done either proud. Much will be made of England's limp effort, but it was one of the occasions when the mastery of the bowling has to be the focal point.

Southee set the tone by striking twice in his opening spell, but swing with the new ball is one thing. It was his second burst, between overs 27 and 33, that elevated his spell to greatness as he continued to hoop the ball away from England's right handers. Two of his wickets came from late-swinging yorkers while delightful leg-cutters accounted for Ian Bell and Chris Woakes.

It took Southee a couple of overs to find his range and he struck in the first delivery of his third over when Bell played inside the line of one which nipped away to take the off stump. This was followed by a well-planned set-up for Moeen Ali - and one many a fast bowler are now following - when a bouncer preceded a spearing yorker.

His new-ball partner, Trent Boult, with whom Southee has formed a devastating combination over the last 18 months, was all over Gary Ballance. He survived a review for lbw on 1 and would then have been gone for 5 if New Zealand had not used up their DRS option. A painful 26-ball stay ended with a toe-end to cover against the worst ball Boult produced.

Morgan entered on the back of four ducks in five innings and looked bereft of form, but he and Joe Root began something of a recovery operation without ever convincing. Key to New Zealand never losing control during this period was their outstanding fielding, led by McCullum and Kane Williamson, which must have left England's batsmen feeling as though they were playing against 13 men.

McCullum was at his most aggressive in the field, starting the innings with four slips and regularly keeping three or four catchers in position even when well outside the initial 10-over Powerplay. He was superbly supported by the accuracy of his bowlers as neither Adam Milne or Daniel Vettori allowed the pressure to loosen.

Vettori regularly switched ends and bowled with delightful control, using subtle changes of pace on a pitch offering little spin. He ended England's small fightback when Morgan aimed to loft him down the ground but neither placed or hit firmly enough to clear the rope. It still required a fantastic running catch by Milne coming round from long-on.

That was the cue for Southee. McCullum, proactive as ever, recalled him straight away and it took just two balls for him to strike Taylor's off stump with a late-swinging yorker. His next over brought two more; Jos Buttler edging an outswinger and then Woakes beig beaten by another unplayable leg-cutter.

Watching it all unfold, with shock in his eyes, was Root. He desperately needed one of the bowlers to stay with him to try and haul England to anything respectable but the end was swift. Broad was never keen to get into line and looped a leading edge into the off side to give Southee his sixth and the record-breaking seventh came when Finn prodded to slip. Root, stranded at the non-striker's end, threw his head skywards.

A shell-shocked England emerged into the field with nothing left to give. James Anderson's first ball was a wide and things did not improve. McCullum upper cut his first delivery from Broad over third man - New Zealand did not need to make further statements, but the captain was not of that frame of mind.

The fifty was brought up with the first of the four sixes in a row off Finn, which also struck a sponsor's car, and McCullum kept launching him with fearsome power over the off side. Staggeringly, thoughts briefly turned to whether he could manufacture enough of the strike to challenge the fastest hundred - AB de Villiers' 31-ball against West Indies - but that would have been one record too many on an extraordinary day.

Andrew McGlashan is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Pragadeesh on February 22, 2015, 2:15 GMT

    Nice read, Andrew Mcglashan ! I thoroughly enjoyed it ! Gave up watching ODI after the retirement of DADA and just watching test match alone for the love of the game ! You have narrated really well about the game between nz and eng. It compliments the fact I didn't watch the game. Looking forward to more similar writings from you. Cheers. All the best

  • Barry on February 22, 2015, 1:45 GMT

    Lots of talk about who will win the tournament. England v NZ means nothing in terms of the tournament. Either team could win. Get to knockout stage, all it takes is a few quick wickets and one player to blaze away and chance his arm and it comes off, and a good team can easily be knocked out.

    England does not appear to have the batting or bowling capability to go far. But, who knows, get them on a different wicket, different day, a couple of their batsmen click and they post 300, and a team like NZ faulters and edges out , and you get a different outcome.

  • John on February 21, 2015, 18:52 GMT

    @ MEETY - Nice to see you on here. I actually like Ali up front. He gives the inns impetus up front every time. Ok he maybe a bit too kamikazi in approach but while he is there and on strike the scoreboard will tick over. Cook had to go IMO but he should have gone before SL. I'd say Moores /ECB are very reactive to what the media say and if the media don't call for certain changes Moores won't either. The 2 worst decisions for me are the omission of Tredwell. The guy performs solidly in all conditions and it looks like a few overs of a zoned Maxwell gave Eng the excuse to drop him. As for Oz/Doherty - I'd play him as I still think he improves the side but the difference is that Aus are winning without him Moving Taylor from 3 to 6 was silly. And to make room for one of the most tepid batsmen I've seen in a coloured Eng shirt

  • Joshua on February 21, 2015, 16:45 GMT

    So far only Root and Woakes are performing for ENG. The selectors leaving out Tredwell - another top performer - is quite baffling. Finn and Anderson will come good but Broad needs to be rested - he just doesn't seem to be in the cricket mood at all. Apart from Morgan and Ballance, the lineup should still be persisted with, and hopefully Hales and Jordan get the chance to play. It was quite unfair to drop Bopara when Morgan is playing much worse. When your captain is the worst batsman, if he had any dignity he would sacrifice himself to keep better players in the team. Maybe a team like this is worth a try: 1)Bell 2)Ali 3)Root 4)Taylor 5)Bopara 6)Hales 7)Buttler 8)Jordan 9)Woakes 10)Anderson 11)Tredwell... let Bell captain for a couple games...something has to be done.

  • Rony on February 21, 2015, 11:37 GMT

    England team have the most ridiculous selection of all.If Players like root and balance got runs,then also team is not going to win because of the pace they are getting the runs,unless their bowling do something special.I agree Root is getting some runs,but i don't see he get runs in pressure situations like chasing 300 plus or Knockout matches.They don't promote aggressive batsmen especially in top order,same problem with pakistan team,but England having more terrible selection in that way.Why they are playing Moeen Ali as an opening batsman.Surely he is not fit for that.he can bat at 6 or 7.They should put Hales as opener with bell or some other very attacking batman if thay have any.Then if thay can't drop Root atleast they had to drop Balance.If these play 3 and 4 then Eng not going to win matches.If they choose the correct approach i am sure they perform lot better with the kind of bowling options they possess.

  • Garry on February 21, 2015, 11:20 GMT

    Javiar87 what a load of rot, Bangladesh have never won ANY games in NZ, even against provincial teams or club teams. You won a ODI series against us when our team was in complete turmoil in Bangladesh and you still go on about it. New Zealand have still won more games in Bangladesh than they have lost, if you think your team is anywhere near as good as NZ then you are seriously deluded.

  • sri on February 21, 2015, 9:35 GMT

    Time running out for England. That Aus vs BD washed out game has only increased their woes. You still have good bowling unit batting needs some changes. All their up coming games (barring SL) are against low ranked teams. Eng should make the most of it (Win against the associates with bigger margins ) SL is not a must win game at this time but in case if you loose to SL minimize the loss). You still have good chances to reach QF.

  • Chris on February 21, 2015, 9:13 GMT

    The striking thing about this game was to see the attacking field placings McCullum used for most of England's innings. A Peter Moores team would never do that and I, like many keen England watchers, believe that's where the team's no risks negativity comes from even though it didn't start with Moores' reign.

  • Dummy on February 21, 2015, 5:11 GMT

    Javier87 have bangladesh ever beaten new zealand in new zealand? Have they ever beaten nz in a world cup when it actually matters? This black caps side is far better than any black caps team bangladesh have ever played against in the past they might have had a few of the current players in the side back then but they were not in the form they are in now. No way are bangladesh going to beat this black caps side in new zealand

  • Stratocaster on February 21, 2015, 5:09 GMT

    @Javiar And those Odi's were against developing NZ side in Bangladesh almost 3 years and 5 years ago. Bangladesh are nowhere near NZ outside Bangladesh.

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